7-time Emmy winner Ed Asner dies age 91

Washington: US television actor Ed Asner, winner of a record seven Emmy awards, has died at age 91, his family said Sunday.

"We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning, peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel," his family wrote on the actor’s Twitter account.

"With a kiss on your head -- Goodnight dad. We love you."

His publicist said Asner died of natural causes.

Asner originally made a name for himself playing newsroom boss Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," the iconic sitcom that ran from 1970 to 1977, and then later on a spinoff show centered on his character. – AFP